'Wick 101 is an integral, required, one-credit-bearing component of the First Year Experience. The course serves as an introduction to higher education and as an on-going orientation to Hartwick's resources and services, academic skills and strategies, and social issues.
Required reading for the Fall 2014 'Wick 101 course is Doc Hendley's Wine to Water, the inspirational story of an ordinary person who became inspired to take action and start solving some of the world's clean water issues.
Designed to increase success in college, 'Wick 101's overall goal is to facilitate a smooth transition and adjustment to college life by engaging the student in a structured curriculum of academic and life skills enhancement. Toward this end, the content of the class is framed to support Hartwick's "Liberal Arts in Practice". Topics include: locating and utilizing campus resources, goal setting and time management, writing skills, test preparation and note taking skills, critical thinking skills, career exploration, cultural diversity, healthy lifestyle and well-being strategies, money management, leadership, and civic/global engagement.
Such first year common courses implemented at other colleges and universities, coupled with intentional programmatic efforts have demonstrated success in helping first-year students make a smooth transition to college, feel connected to the institution and feel supported in their curricular and co-curricular endeavors.
'Wick 101 will also include a newly developed "coaching" component that enables students to meet individually with their instructor to discuss a variety of transition issues including academic and personal success, social involvement and connection to the community, and resources and services at Hartwick. Students are expected to attend three half hour meetings with their instructor over the course of the first term.
'Wick 101 classes will meet for an hour once a week through the first eight weeks of the semester. Classes are seminar-style and provide new students with the opportunity to meet and build rapport with a professional staff member and upper-class peer leader.